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Frenchy Cannoli

Frenchy Cannoli is gone. And with his passing, a gaping hole left behind in the cannabis community. Born in France is 1956, Frenchy traveled the world learning the art form of hashish of which he shared openly. His journeys took him to such hash-meccas as India, Thailand, Japan, and the Philippines where he studied and perfected their traditional extraction methods. A guru in every right, Frenchy humbly claimed there will always be more to know about this ancient art, & was ever a student of the plant. Complications from surgery he underwent on 7/18 have been cited as the cause of his death. He was only 64.

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What is 710?

Posted by CANNASaver on Wednesday, 23 June 2021 in Canna Blog - Latest News

Believe it or not, July is only a week and a half away. You may be gearing up for fireworks on the 4th, but as we are cannabis consumers, did you know 4/20 isn’t the only stoner holiday? Rejoice! This July stoner holiday has become very popular over recent years in Colorado. While maybe not as well known as the mother of cannabis holidays, 7/10 is a relatively recently established day in which cannabis concentrates are celebrated. But what is 710?

what is 710

The Code: 710

As I’m sure you are aware, 420 is the key code for establishing whether something is marijuana-related and the day in April on which to celebrate. Along with that comes the phrase "420 friendly" which describes whether an event, business, or household is accepting of marijuana-related activities. It helped to link like-minded pot-smoking people together.

In the years of legalization, a different three numbered code has emerged among the marijuana culture. 710 has become the term used to define marijuana concentrates (wax, shatter, etc.) and thus the celebratory day in which to dab down good and heavy. 

710 was chosen because when flipped around, 710 spells “OIL”. OIL is a term that has become synonymous with cannabis concentrates. Cannabis concentrates or “oil” is found in products such as wax, shatter, or live resin and when all put together with the specific smoking method creates dabbing. Like 420 friendly, if someone is 710 friendly they are perfectly fine with marijuana concentrates being around.

How Was 7/10 Started?

The popularity of cannabis oils has only appeared in recent years. Like most things in cannabis culture, some rumors, much like with the code “420”, extend back to the Grateful Dead in their heyday. But being only rumors, whoever coined the term 710 in relation to concentrates is a mystery though the code is widely used. Most likely, the code 710 only started to appear in the last decade. It has been said that the first 710 celebrations took place in 2012 when a group of oil enthusiasts pushed concentrates to the mainstream limelight.

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It’s 7:10 on 7/10, What Will You Need To Celebrate?

A proper 7/10 will have you smoking your favorite concentrates on July 10, optimally at 7:10 a.m. or 7:10 p.m. Traditional “dabs” or pinhead size portions of concentrates, such as wax or shatter, are normally consumed by the use of a rig (small concentrate bong). You are also going to want a dab tool to pick up your concentrate with a torch to cause combustion. If you’re extra fancy, you can also attach an e-nail for consecutive hits without constant relighting.

Vape pens and other portable dab vapes have become incredibly popular in the past couple of years. They have made dabbing even easier for you to consume your favorite concentrates. Current vaporizers and portables allow you to heat your concentrate to an idle temperature making the devices very refined. Temperature control allows you to have complete control of the flavor and smoke production during your sesh.

710 Product Guide

Cannabis concentrates are products that contain much of the plant itself and appear in an assortment of ways. The naming of specific cannabis extracts can be a bit confusing to understand at first so let’s look at some concentrates.

Wax

A soft concentrate that can look many different ways in terms of color, texture, smell, and looks. It comes in varieties known as crumble, badder, budder, and honeycomb.

Shatter

A harder concentrate, shatter is named based on its likeness to glass. Shatter is a hard, fragile amber-colored, and translucent substance. Shatter also has a variety known as pull-n-snap. This is a softer concentrate texture making it easier to break up for smoking.

Live Resin

This delicious concentrate is widely known as the highest quality of marijuana extracts. Live resin is created by extracting plant materials process the marijuana plant has been cured/dried. With the process of live resin, the concentrate maintains its fullest terpene profiles. Another iteration is known as "sauce. This consistency has a more watery texture which drowns in rich flavor.

710 concentrates

As marijuana legalization spreads its way across America, the code term, 710, continues to gain traction as the years go by. 7/10 is a way to celebrate marijuana’s “OIL” with products like wax, shatter,  hash oil, and live resin. Concentrates such as these can be found as high in percentage as 90% THC.

Never underestimate the power of concentrates, not all marijuana products are equal; with differences in consistency, effects, and texture. 

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As you're smoking and jamming to your favorite Sublime song thinking how much easier living in the summertime really can be, you remember, it’s officially summertime. 

Longer days spent in brilliant sunlight either by the pool, hanging out with friends, adventuring, or of course smoking our favorite buds.

With this thought in mind in your incredible marijuana daze,  you begin to ponder which strains could bring out the grand design of amazing summer vibes.

With a focus on high THC strains, our summertime list needs to balance a line between calm relaxation and energetic happiness.

With a focus on high THC strains, our marijuana strains will reflect everyone’s favorite season. Roll up a joint of one of our best weed strains for summer.

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Best Weed Strains for Summer

In Colorado, we take summer very seriously. Whether it's going to music festivals,  camping, fishing, biking, or just overall adventuring, Coloradans make the most out of summer.

But, what would summer be without some relaxation? Let’s look at what makes up the best weed strain for summer.

Green Crack

Don’t let the name fool you – this sativa is 100% energizing marijuana without any trace of crack. You will not become a Dave Chappel skit. Whew!

Green Crack is the absolute definition of summertime memories with effects of pure energy and focus.

This marijuana strain is a super surge of cerebral effects and sharpened grandmaster auras. The strain maintains mouth-watering fruity/mango flavors and smells potent enough to blast you into space.

Green Crack is a great daytime strain helping fight fatigue and stress. Green Crack is extremely appealing to those attempting to be productive and introduce themselves to the Summer.

Jilly Bean

Looking for a strain with a little sweetness and spice? Of course, you are, it’s the essence of summer!

That said, I’d like to introduce you to Jilly Bean. Ms. Bean, this is everyone. 

Jilly Bean puts off pleasant citrusy orange and grapefruit scent which will chauffeur you to a vast field of summertime greenery. For your enjoyment, the wonderful citrus/orange/grapefruit aroma also translates into the flavor of the strain.

The taste has been compared to the fruity drink Tang, which the astronauts drink after all. Think about it.

Consumers have said that Jilly Bean hits almost immediately and delivers a productive/energetic high without becoming too speedy and paranoia-inducing.

Perfect for lake day with friends, Jilly Bean is a delicious strain known for causing laughter fits and boosting one’s confidence.

You’ve been warned. 

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Maui Wowie

Ah yes, a true summertime classic. Like a fruity cocktail, Mauie Wowie swipes the senses with tropical flavors and mellow island vibes. 

Maui Wowie originates from Hawaii.

This strain typically reaches the 20% THC range.

The strain dispels stress with a high energy euphoria. Flavors from the Maui Wowie strain invite a sweetness with flavor profiles of berry and citrus.

Summertime shines in this strain with the ability to induce giggles, blasting with euphoria, and leave you oh, so relaxed. 

So, if you plan to be chilling by a pool on a hot summer day or want to feel like you are, Maui Wowie sends you straight into absolute paradise, basking in the summertime sun.  

Mimosa

Like Brunch on a Sunday, Mimosa has the ability to transport you off to summer land. Being a cross of Purple Punch and Clementine Kush, Mimosa is perfectly delicious, uplifting, and calming. A real treat for a summertime high.

Mimosa clocks in around 23% THC. The strains reek of citrus flavor and tropical smells.

Mimosa, like its namesake, will leave you as energized and giggly as ever. 

Mimosa is also known to be arousing probably due to its extremely uplifting feeling of euphoria. 

Mimosa is the perfect way to start your summer morning and keeps kicking butt well into the evening.

Pineapple Express

Pineapple Express is the epitome of summertime feels because, in the most simple of terms, the strain will just make your day better.

As Saul from the movie, Pineapple Express (2008) once said, “It’s hands down the dopest dope I’ve ever smoked.” Who couldn’t use a little of that?

With the success of the film, Pineapple Express became an extremely popular strain. Pineapple Express is a crossbreed of Hawaiian and Trainwreck strains.

Pineapple Express is shrouded in fresh smells of apples or mangoes. Pineapple Express gifts you with a long-lasting, energetic high while supplying your senses with absolute freedom. 

Whether it’s the morning, afternoon, or evening; Pineapple Express is the anytime-of-day kind of bud.

With effects like creativity, alertness, and euphoria; this strain thrusts you into summertime.

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OG Kush

The Strain, the myth, the legend: OG Kush is anyone’s summertime treat.

This strain is a legendary cross of Chemdawg, Lemon Thai, and Hindu Kush. A great mixture of awesome strains.

OG Kush is a dominantly indica strain. This strain has high potencies without leaving you feeling too high.

OG Kush blairs with earthy aromas and a citrusy/fruity pine taste. OG Kush is a perfect end-of-the-day kind of bud, resulting in calming relaxation for your body.

Sour Diesel

Sour Diesel is the perfect pairing for a summertime afternoon. Sour diesel is a long-lasting strain that will leave you stress-free and relieve pain.

Being a 90% sativa dominant strain, the high which you can expect from Sour D includes access to hallways of creativity.

This strain is typically pretty high in THC being between 20-25%. Sour Diesel is rich with citrus flavor and robust gassy smells.

The strain is known to help anxiety, depression, and fatigue; arguably summer incarnate. 

Sour Diesel provides the absolutely perfect strain for all-day summertime bake seshs which will include plenty of creativity.

Strawberry Banana

Like a refreshing smoothie on a summer day, Strawberry Banana has the aroma of strawberry, banana, and various other fruits. The flavor follows behind with the amazing summer vibes often being compared to the taste of a fruit smoothie.

Strawberry Banana clocks in around 23% THC and is a cross between Banana Kush and Bubblegum. The strain is mainly indica rich in trichomes.

Strawberry Banana provides a dreamy headspace allowing for the senses to work full blast and creativity to flow. Strawberry Banana has even been known to even produce a small psychedelic experience.

Strawberry Banana is an amazing strain for those who value taste and overall experience.

Ahh, summertime livin'.

Skywalker OG

Ah yes, the force is strong with the summer. It’s in the wind, in the sky. The way of the Jedi suggests Skywalker OG for full master mode. High we will definitely get. 

Skywalker OG is a cross of Blue Dream and Pineapple Express.

The Strain ranges between 20-23% THC. Skywalker OG is a relaxing, pleasant, and clear thinking high.

The flavor profile consists of citrus and floral. The strain has the aroma of earthy and citrus scents. 

Skywalker OG leaves consumers in a happy/elevated state of being. 

Skywalker OG provides a sleepy kind of high which is great for beating the nighttime summer heat and allowing for an amazing night sleep to have endless adventures tomorrow.

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Arizona is one of the newer states to legalize the recreational use of marijuana, which is why we’re glad to announce that Cannasaver is now expanding into the Grand Canyon State! 

On November 3rd, 2020, voters helped pass Proposition 207, which legalizes recreational cannabis use for adults 21 and over.

This means adults in Arizona can purchase cannabis legally, even without a marijuana card. As an expected result, more and more recreational dispensaries are opening across the state.

To help our Arizonian friends find the best deals and dispensaries in the area, we’ve put together a list of our favorite dispensaries. And to top it off, we’ve included some deals and coupons redeemable at these locations.

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Here are our top picks for dispensaries in Phoenix and surrounding areas:

Best Dispensaries in Phoenix Area

  1. Debbie's Dispensary

    1. Spend $150 to get a free eighth of Jilly Bean, worth $60

    2. Five grams of Mohave shatter for $100, originally $150

  2. Health for Life

    1. Receive 20% off any purchase up to $100

    2. 5 for $70 Black Label 1G cured resin cartridges

    3. A special for first-time visitors: BOGO on MPX (Melting Point Extracts) products or Black Label products when you purchase an eighth

  3. Arizona Natural Concepts Phoenix

    1. Any 5 Grams Flower $50

    2. BOGO free Yummy Gummies with 100MG THC each

    3. Buy any two cartridges and get one free! 

  4. The Prime Leaf

    1. House prepacked eights are 2 for $65

    2. 40% off any PuraEarth products

    3. Buy one get one free on a variety of Uncle Herb's products

  5. Oasis Cannabis 

    1. 20% off your entire purchase

    2. Buy one gram and get another free of HAZE concentrates

    3. $20 off any ounce of flower

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Phoenix Weed Deals

Cannasaver has deals for all types of stoners, whether you’re looking for flower, extracts, edibles, or topicals - we’ve got a deal for you!

Another amazing feature on Cannasaver includes searching for deals based on your location. Those located in the Phoenix area can easily search the dispensaries around them, we also provide the exact distance from your location to your dispensary of choice. This feature will also allow you to see what other dispensaries are close to your exact location.

Here at Cannasaver, we strive to provide you with the best and newest deals in your area. We continue to partner with the best dispensaries in the area and make saving money easier than ever. Make sure you check out Cannasaver for new deals daily before heading out to your favourite Arizona dispensaries.

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Vaping Deals of the Day

Posted by CANNASaver on Wednesday, 21 April 2021 in Canna Blog - Latest News

Vaping cannabis has become an extremely popular way of consuming cannabis. Many stoners turn to vape because of its functionality, portability, and discretion. Vaping cannabis also eliminates the health impacts that traditional methods of smoking can have. 

Vapes are portable and therefore easy to carry around, meaning you don’t have to worry about keeping your grinder, papes, and lighter handy. Vaping cannabis is also known to produce less odor than smoking it from a bong or joint, allowing you to smoke in public without drawing unwanted attention to yourself.

The market for e-vaporizers keeps expanding and new products are coming out faster than we can blink. Along with that, innovative cannabis products are also emerging, allowing weed smokers to switch over to vaping. If you’re interested in scoping out some vape pens for weed, check out our list of some of our favorites that won’t break the bank. 

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Concentrates

Vapes made for concentrates rising in popularity. They are used in conjunction with concentrates such as wax, shatter, and budder. Here at Cannasaver, we have teamed up with some of the best Colorado dispensaries to offer you new and amazing vaping deals daily. Here are some of our best deals on concentrates: 

Twin Peaks Dispensary in Longmont is offering a gram of wax or shatter for $18!

1 gram of Viola Live Resin is on sale for 29.99 at Golden Meds. They are also offering West Edison Wax or Shatter for $10.85 per gram.

The Lodge Cannabis on High St offering White Moose Shatter 4g for $70 and $20 Champagne Wax and Shatter grams. 

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Vape ‘Carts’

The cannabis market is also seeing the rise of vape cartridges which are glass cartridges filled with cannabis oil. ‘Vape carts’ usually come in a gram or half-gram serving and usually have a higher THC to CBD ratio. However, CBD-dominant cartridges are becoming more available as more people hope to reap the full benefits of the marijuana plant.

Here is a preview of some amazing deals on vape cartridges available on Cannasaver right now, you can find these deals on our page by entering ‘vape’ on the website’s search bar or checking out our ‘Newest Deals’ page. 

La Bodega is offering Two 500mg Vape Cartridges for $30!

Trenchtown Cannabis Denver is offering BOGO 50% of all cartridges

All Golden Meds locations are offering Binske Live Resin 500mg Cartridges for $16.99.

High West Cannabis has a variety of deals on Open Reserve Cartridges. Check them out here!

AMCH Denver is offering this promo: Get 5 Fuehl 500mg Fruit carts for $79. 

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Vaping Deals at Cannasaver

Whether you prefer the traditional way of smoking or have fully converted to vaping, finding a good deal on weed and saving money is a great feeling for anyone!

At Cannasaver, our duty is to provide you with the best deals in one, easy-to-use interface. Vaping deals can be found throughout our website and you can expect new deals daily.

Make sure to check out Cannasaver by Cannapages before heading out to your local dispensary, chances are… we have a deal waiting for you!

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420 Deals

Posted by CANNASaver on Friday, 16 April 2021 in Canna Blog - Latest News

'Tis the year for green. Like, everywhere. We're talking about people partaking in the glorious ganj, the grass is green again, the trees are starting to bud new leaves, and you're saving cash on weed. 4/20 is a great time to celebrate the green!

420 deals

As people gather at their nearest dispensaries on/around April 20th for the best 420 deals, it's best to save some time beforehand (especially in a year where things like lines are already slow, given the circumstances).

You might already know, but 4/20 in Colorado can get pretty busy, so you're probably trying to get in and out of your dispensary with some awesome weed deals as fast as you can. Luckily, you can save time with some 420 deals online.

We've paired up with a ton of different dispensaries in Colorado to give you the best deals you can find, in-store or online.

The busiest day for the cannabis industry, also known as 420, is right around the corner, and everyone is gearing up for marijuana’s annual holiday. Due to the COVID-19 global health crisis, 420 is going to look a little different with fewer live celebrations and more virtual ones. Despite the restrictions placed on this year’s 420, there is no doubt that weed lovers everywhere will still be celebrating their favorite plant (they just might not be passing their pieces and joints this time around). 

An exciting part about 420 this year is the number of online deals offered by dispensaries to help you stock up for your celebrations and festivities. Whether you’re a flower child, an edible lover, CBD enthusiast, or a vaping master, we have some great online deals for all types of cannabis consumers

Like, a lot of 420 deals that we've just updated recently, with a ton of new dispensaries and locations, so find your nearest dispensary. 

420 Deals at Your Nearest Dispensary

As one of the first states to legalize the recreational and medical use of cannabis, Colorado is home to hundreds of dispensaries -- It’s also the epicenter of 420 celebrations on this side of the globe. To get you excited for this year’s 420 festivities, dispensaries in the area are offering incredible deals on some of your favorite products, and it’s just the beginning. 

On the website, you can actually sort through our 420 deals by category. That means to say, you can select your favorite types of weed products (wax, flower, edibles, etc.) and search all the 420 deals we have going on with those category filters.

First, click on Categories and select "420 Deals". Then, once the 420 Deals filter has been selected, you can select all stores that have 420 deals.

Here, we'll start with some dispensaries in the Denver area that are offering some of the best online 420 deals:

The Lodge Cannabis on High St. and Federal Blvd. is offering deals on a selection of wax, shatter, pre-rolls and edibles.

Peak MJ is offering 2g Harvest Wax for $30! 

Check out Pure Marijuana Dispensary’s deals on distillate, wax, and shatter, like 25% off all edibles and 40% off all apparel.

The Stone has a variety of shake, pre-rolls, and live resin on sale!

1136 Yuma is offering $1 pre-rolled joints with any edible purchase! 

The Little Brown House in Denver is coming in clutch with deals on Spectra cartridges and live budder. 

Doc's Apothecary is offering $50 ounces, OTD (out the door) on 4/19 and 4/20 only. So go!

420 Weed Deals by Category

On the website, you can actually sort through our 420 deals by category.

That means to say, you can select your favorite types of weed products (wax, flower, edibles, etc.) and search all the 420 deals we have going on. 

Simply just select the "420 Deals" category under the Category (or Categories) dropdown.

From there, you'll see all of the deals we're featuring, from a very large list of dispensaries. It's definitely worth checking out.

420 deals online

Here, we'll help give you a head start with a few examples of some different categories you can expect to save on, from flower to edibles and everything in between.

Flower

There's nothing like enjoying a good nugg on 420, so we've given you a few examples of some deals on flower:

Pure Marijuana Dispensary

The Stone Dispensary

Doc's Apothecary

Pre-Rolls (Joints)

Sometimes buying by the joint can really help you save money on weed. Some of our featured stores are offering great deals on prerolls right now, like:

Golden Meds

Pure Marijuana Dispensary

1136 Yuma

Concentrates

When you buy wax, you're spending a lot less and getting a lot more (when it comes to grams, etc.). You can really make wax go a long way, so here are some of the best 420 deals on wax – and holy cow, do we have a good list of deals on concentrate:

Peak MJ

Golden Meds (Med Only)

The Lodge Cannabis

Three Rivers Dispensary (Pueblo, CO)

Edibles

If you're not looking to inhale your weed, you can always ingest it! Edibles are a safer, "healthier" alternative to smoking weed. Here are some great 420 deals on edibles:

Pure Marijuana Dispensary

The Stone

Golden Meds

More Deals on Cannasaver

Who doesn’t love a good deal?

Especially when it comes to a variety of cannabis products.

Here at Cannasaver, we want to light up your 420 celebrations by offering you the latest deals from local dispensaries.

These aren't the only deals on things like wax, edibles, and flower. Go and select "420 Deals" under the Categories to see all the weed options you can save on.

Make sure you browse the category and store selections from the dropdown menu, as there are so many more 420 deals you don't want to miss. 

Happy blazing!

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420 Friendly Colorado

Posted by CANNASaver on Wednesday, 14 April 2021 in Canna Blog - Latest News

April is here and weed lovers everywhere are getting ready for 420, which is arguably every stoner's favorite time of day, and/or year. 

The phrase “420” has become synonymous with cannabis culture and with marijuana users all over the world. Cannabis enthusiasts usually like to smoke at the time of 4:20 or they use the term to refer to April 20th, the time of year cannabis-centered events and celebrations take place globally. April 20th is also known as “marijuana’s biggest holiday.”

420 is celebrated all over the world, but it is especially loved here in Colorado. With 420 just around the corner, locals and visitors are getting ready to celebrate marijuana for all its euphoric and therapeutic properties. 

It’s important to note current health and social distancing protocols, as 420 celebrations might look a little different this year. Remember to be mindful of your surroundings and the safety protocols that are set in place, so everyone can have a safe 420. 

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Colorado, The 420 Epicenter

When thinking about 420-friendly places, you can’t help automatically think about Colorado. The state, being the first in America to legalize medical and recreational cannabis, is one of the largest cannabis hubs in the country, making it a great place for marijuana tourism and 420 events.

Colorado has been the home base for 420 celebrations and activities since 2014. Every April you’ll find numerous events that cater specifically to the cannabis community. This year, cannabis lovers are forced to celebrate a little differently but you can still expect there to be celebrations all over the state and in Denver. 

In pre-pandemic times, dozens of festivals and major events take place in Denver and all over Colorado. The Mile High 420 Festival is one of the most popular and brings approximately 50,000 people to Civic Center Park. The festival includes vendors, music, and entertainment. Big-name artists like Lil Jon and Jermain Dupri have even made appearances. The festival is gearing up to return in 2022.

420 is not just limited to festivals, there is an endless list of cannabis cantered activities to partake in. Denver and Colorado are home to over 500 types of dispensaries and grow-ops.

Additionally, cannabis-centered tours are a great way to immerse yourself in all things cannabis, you can even learn more about your favorite strains and how they’re grown and cultivated while offering a safe and socially distanced experience.

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What Does 420-Friendly Mean?

Generally, if a place or business is 420-friendly - it means that the person or place is accepting of marijuana users. It’s important to distinguish 420-friendly spots in Colorado from others because there’s still a slight taboo around marijuana consumption, so it’s best to be mindful of the places and people you encounter and the rules surrounding marijuana. 

With progressive marijuana laws continuing to roll out, 420-friendly places are emerging all over the state and country - allowing cannabis users to consume their beloved plant with minimal discretion.

If you are someone with a medical marijuana card, the circumstances are a little different. It’s important to check in with your hotel or accommodation to see if they can provide you with a smoking room or a designated smoking area. 

420-Friendly Accommodations in Colorado

In Colorado, marijuana laws allow hotels and private rental properties such as Airbnbs to individually decide if guests are allowed to consume marijuana on the property. 

Many chain hotels are smoke-free, which means any type of smoking, whether tobacco or marijuana. Additionally, smoking/vaping cannabis is not permitted anywhere smoking is banned.

If you find a smoke-friendly hotel, they can accommodate your smoking needs with designated smoking areas or outdoor amenities such as patios and balconies.

Bud and Breakfasts is another option for those looking for 420-friendly accommodations. These are safe and legal accommodations for travelers who also happen to enjoy marijuana and want to do so openly on their trip. Some 420-friendly bnb’s even offering activities centered around cannabis, such as paint nights or cooking with cannabis classes.

Other accommodations allow you to smoke openly with minimal discretion like 420-friendly hotels. These accommodations allow visitors to consume marijuana openly.

Check out this list for some 420-friendly accommodations in Colorado.

If you want to smoke and be more discreet, it’s recommended to stick to vaping as they produce less odor than smoking from a joint, pipe, or bong.

420 in Colorado

420 Must Go On in Colorado

Despite roadblocks caused by COVID-19 this year and last, stoners all over the world are going to find their ways of celebrating. In Colorado, the options of activities and events to choose from are far from limited for both locals and visitors alike. 

Maybe there's not much sharing of joints, pipes, etc, but no pandemic is stopping cannabis lovers all over the country from lighting up in celebration of the beloved plant.

Don’t forget to check out our latest deals on Cannasaver.

Happy 420!

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Colorado Weed Revenue 2020

Posted by CANNASaver on Thursday, 18 February 2021 in Canna Blog - Latest News

Colorado was one of the first states to legalize the use of recreational marijuana in 2012. Since then, the state has been a frontrunner in the fight for legalization and paved the way for many other states to legalize.

One of the big arguments for the legalization of recreational use was the insane amount of revenue and tax money weed could bring in on a statewide level. People felt that there was money to be made and no harm to be done.

 Turns out they were right.

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Colorado Breaks Weed Revenue Record in 2020

Since 2014, Colorado has brought in over 9.9 billion dollars in revenue according to the Colorado Department of Commerce. The revenue has had steady growth over the last six years with little signs that it will slow down.

The sale of medical marijuana has remained relatively steady, with little ups and downs, but recreational sales have skyrocketed.

 In 2014, Colorado recorded about 680 million dollars in revenue from marijuana. In the six years since then, the revenue has multiplied by over fourteen times.

As expected, the money in taxes the state has made from marijuana far outweighs any of the alleged negative effects. Since legalization, the Colorado government has pulled in roughly 1.6 billion dollars in taxes on marijuana.

The Weed Revenue Spike of 2020

 2020 has been a hard year for everyone. There’s no one that’s gone unaffected by the pandemic. The last year changed the world.

 As you would expect, it also changed the marijuana industry. 

In 2020, Colorado recorded almost 2.2 billion dollars in marijuana sales. This broke the record from the previous year by about 450 million dollars.

The highest revenue was recorded in July, with over 220 million dollars in total marijuana sales. Colorado has come a long way since legalization. The total revenue for the entire year of 2014 was roughly three times that of July 2020.

It was reported by Marijuana Moment that Colorado pulled about 390 million dollars from taxes on marijuana in 2020.

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Why Did Sales Spike?

It’s hard to nail down exactly why marijuana sales spiked rapidly last year. There are likely many factors that contributed to increased revenue. Some examples could be:

·         More people wanted a way to de-stress after the pandemic hit.

·         The general public’s ever-changing perception of the marijuana industry.

·         First-time users feeling comfortable trying marijuana after time has passed.

·         An increase in marijuana use in popular media.

·         Some have started to see marijuana as an alternative to alcohol.

The most likely answer is that all these aspects and more contributed to revenue growth. 2020 might have provided the perfect storm of timing, circumstance, and availability to expand the marijuana market.

The Role of the Pandemic

The pandemic affected people in a variety of ways. A common thought is that many turned to marijuana as a de-stressor, and the numbers back that up.

 It’s likely that the impending fear of a lockdown drove many consumers to stock up and buy more. The process of buying retail and medicinal marijuana also became easier, as dispensaries would offer curb-side and online ordering. 

The Colorado Sun reported that the national marijuana market grew by about 45 percent in 2020, bringing total revenue up to about 18 billion dollars.

It’s safe to say that the Covid-19 pandemic played a significant role in the uptick in marijuana sales.

Public Perception

Even as recent as ten years ago, a sizeable portion of the general public had a negative perception of marijuana. Though there will always be those who are against the growing and consuming of weed, the numbers continue to dwindle.

More and more people are finding that, simply, weed isn’t bad. The public perception of the plant is changing by the year. Marijuana use has become more accepted across almost all societal groups, and therefore more people are willing to give it a shot.

The most likely outcome of this is the continued growth in revenue via continued growth in legalization and use.  

Colorado weed revenue 2020

The Effect of Time

         “Time is money.” – Benjamin Franklin

In this case, time may have led to money. Over the last several years, marijuana revenue has increased exponentially. One reason could be that people feel safer buying retail marijuana now that a significant amount of time has passed.

Consider this:

A substance that you were told not to use by anti-drug programs in elementary school suddenly becomes legal. You were a good student, so you listened to the dangers. But now the government has readily made that substance available, and that conflicts with what you were taught. As the years go by, nothing negative comes from the legalization of marijuana, and you feel as though the dangers you were warned about weren’t completely true. 

It could simply be that eight years since legalization (coupled with the stress from the pandemic) was enough time for more consumers to try smoking weed.

Marijuana in the Media

Consuming marijuana has been present in the media for decades. But over the course of the last couple, that seems to have spiked. Many celebrities endorse the use of marijuana. Some have even started their own weed-based companies.

The effects of marijuana in media have, in the past, been often dishonest and portrayed somewhat negatively. More recently, marijuana use has been portrayed as more fun, light-hearted, and widespread. This almost undoubtedly shapes the public perception.

People look up to celebrities. They look up to their favorite characters in movies and television. If marijuana use in the media continues to grow, it’s likely that marijuana revenue will as well.

Alcohol vs. Marijuana

Many people have found that alcohol can be destructive. According to the National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism, it’s estimated that about 95,000 people die from alcohol-related causes per year.

Many people have found that marijuana is an acceptable, if not preferable, alternative to alcohol. It produces similar, but wildly different effects on the human brain.

Marijuana poses little-to-no threat when compared to alcohol. This, combined with the need for stress relief during the pandemic, likely contributed to the overall increase in revenue.

There are presumably many other factors that assisted this year’s marijuana revenue growth in Colorado. Check back in after 2021 to see if revenue continued to grow and if any determining factors were found.

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Valentine’s Day is just around the corner and everyone is wondering what exactly they should get their partner to make it extra special. And yes, that includes all the stoners out there. And if you’re feeling like just buying your partner’s favorite strain might not be enough this year, then here are some products to liven it up a little – the icing on the cake, as they say. These are some of our favorite stoner Valentine’s Day gifts.

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Best Stoner Valentine’s Day Gifts

We get it, it’s hard to think about what your significant other may appreciate this time of year, especially if you’re too stoned. We got you! Light up that joint and read on for some good inspiration!

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Cannabis Chocolates

What more could anyone ask for? Chocolate is a Valentine’s Day staple and adding a little bit of weed into the cocoa mix gives the gift that “little extra” that regular chocolate just can’t deliver. You can find some coupons on chocolates here.

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Flowers

“Flowers don’t tell, they show.” – Stephanie Skeem

Generally speaking, roses are a go-to for Valentine’s Day. That being said, there are definitely better types of flower out there. Can’t really smoke roses, can you? However we have heard of rolling blunts with rose petals, so you could try that! Class it up by turning your flowers into a weed bouquet. 

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Couples’ Massage

There are very few people that don’t enjoy a nice, relaxing massage. Double the relaxation by maybe enjoying the chocolates you got your partner before going in. It’s worth it. 

Cannabis Lotion

Okay, so maybe you don’t want someone else rubbing up on your sweetheart. Fair enough. But keeping them from getting a massage seems cruel, so try giving them one yourself. Coupling a massage with a cannabis skin lotion can really elevate it to the next level.

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Edibles

Food! Everyone loves food. If you’re smart, you’ll be making your significant other a romantic dinner for Valentine’s Day. Liven it up with some edibles in the mix. Get baking and get baked.

Cannabis Candles

What better way to set the mood than with some romantic, cannabis-infused candles? It is Valentine’s day after all. Turn up the charm with candles that have a little extra kick.

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New Glass

Back in the day, “fine China” used to be a great way to show your sweetie some love. Certainly, we’ve evolved a bit. In this case, don’t think of flatware as plates and bowls; at least not the bowls you eat out of. Grabbing a new piece to smoke out of together is a better way of keeping up with the times.

Pre-rolled Love

Some people like to roll their own joints. A lot of people don’t. If your partner prefers to smoke without the work, a pack of pre-rolls is a perfect way to show you care. 

Cannabis Seeds

“Love grows by giving.” – Elbert Hubbard 

Growth is an important facet of any relationship. Why not symbolize that with a couple of seeds of your own, that grow in tandem with your relationship? Easier than raising other things.

Homemade Crafts

It’s hard to beat an old-fashioned joint. Be that as it may, Valentine’s Day is a special occasion. Trying your hand at rolling unique joints, like the tulip joint, is a great way to show your partner that they were on your mind. 

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Weekend Getaway

Valentine’s Day falls on a Sunday this year, perfect for a nice 420-friendly get away with your stoner beau. The COVID-19 pandemic has made travel harder this year, but a nice alternative to a hotel is finding somewhere warm, packing a tent, some food, and a bowl, and camping the weekend away.

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Vaporizers

No one likes to admit it, but packing a bowl or rolling a joint can sometimes be a chore, especially when you just want a quick toke. Good thing vaporizers exist. Perfect for an easy smoke, they can fit in your pocket and work like a charm. 

Cannabis Lube

It’s pretty easy to explain this one. 

  • Weed? Check. 

  • Lube? Check.

I’m fairly sure everyone knows why this gift is sure to make your partner happy.

Soda Pop for Your Sweetheart

Is it soda or pop in Denver? Asking for a friend. Regardless of what it’s called, a nice way to switch it up is with some Keef Cola, a cannabis-infused soda (pop)? If Michael Bublé is singing about it, you know it’s a good Valentine’s Day gift. 

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Weed Apparel

Yes, it can give a “Yeah I totally smoke weed” vibe sometimes, but there’s nothing wrong with showing a little love for your favorite honey by getting them something that shows a little love for their favorite flower. Things like pot leaf underwear can make for a funny, yet charming Valentine’s gift.

Marijuana Cookbooks

Weed and food go hand in hand. There are very few combinations that can stack up. Peanut butter and jelly? Close second. If your partner loves to cook and loves to smoke, a prime gift would be one that combines both. You can find marijuana cookbooks that can merge cooking and weed. Really, it’s a gift for both of you.

A Night In

No doubt that we’ve all been spending plenty of nights in, over the past year. With that in mind, it’s certainly possible to spice it up a bit. A romantic dinner, a romantic blunt, and a romantic movie can make for a fantastic quarantined Valentine’s Day. 

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Stoner Flicks

Being high can make mostly anything fun. But one of the best activities is chilling out and watching classic stoner movies, like Half-Baked or Pineapple Express. A night in doesn’t have to be limited to rom-com. 

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Can’t decide on just one thing? Well luckily, you don’t have to. If you really want to step up your Valentine’s Day game, you can mix and match any of the above to really bring it home. Chocolates, lotion, and pre-rolls? You don’t have to be that charming, but it definitely isn’t going to hurt. 

All in all, you know best. It’s Valentine’s Day, and hopefully, you know what your stoner sweetie likes. Getting the right gift is a great way to show them that you really care. For specials on the above-mentioned products, you can check out websites like Cannasaver for deals that won’t break the bank. 

Happy Valentine’s Day, you crazy stoners!

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States across the US are changing their views on cannabis, and they have been doing so for some time. That’s why it was monumental to see movement at the federal level, and not just the state. On December 4, 2020, the US House of Representatives passed H.B. 3884, titled the “Marijuana Opportunity Reinvestment and Expungement Act of 2020”, or the MORE Act for short. But when will weed be federally legal?

When will weed be federally legal

While it is likely to be blocked in the Senate, the passage at the House of Representatives comes after 50+ years of strict federal prohibition of marijuana. While it may have taken a lifetime, and we still are not there yet, this is hopeful - and not just because it would make marijuana federally legal. 

The bill is loaded with resolutions that reach across political parties and offers some compassion for the mistakes and tragedies our criminal justice system has placed on consumers, growers, and non-malicious purveyors. 

Let’s take a look.

50 Years in The Making: Removing Cannabis From The Controlled Substances Act of 1970

The Wall Street Journal reports “The vote was largely along party lines. Libertarian Rep. Justin Amash of Michigan and five Republicans voted in favor of the bill, including Rep. Matt Gaetz (R., Fla.) who was a cosponsor. Six Democrats voted against the bill, all centrist lawmakers.” 

The bill passed the House with 228 Congressperson's voting in favor and 164 votings against the Bill, marking the first time since 1970 a measure for reforming cannabis laws that make marijuana federally legal was passed by either chamber of Congress.

What Would The MORE Act of 2020 Change?

There are several high-impact components in the Bill, most of which can stunningly reduce the past, existing, and future harm individuals and communities have faced from criminalization. 

Given these harms are and have always disproportionately impacted minority communities, the push to right the wrongs of our systems is front and center in the minds of many voters - and it seems most US House representatives support change as well. See some of their remarks below.

  1. The MORE Act would remove cannabis from the Controlled Substances Act

If signed into law, the MORE act would remove cannabis from the Controlled Substances Act, effectively leaving it to states to determine how they want their residents to engage with the plant.  

“Across this nation, thousands of men and women have suffered needlessly from the federal criminalization of marijuana, particularly in communities of color and have borne the burden of collateral consequences for those ensnared in criminal legal systems that have damaged our society across generations.” - Rep. Sheila Jackson Lee (D-TX)

  1. Like the states already do, The MORE Act would allow the Federal government to tax cannabis

The legislation would impose a five percent federal tax on cannabis products. These funds would be used by programs in communities hurt by the war on drugs.

According to Marijuana Moment, “As now structured, the MORE Act would make it so cannabis would be federally taxed at five percent for the first two years after implementation and then increased by one percent each year until reaching eight percent. After five years, taxes would be applied to marijuana products based on weight rather than price.”

If passed, the MORE Act would both make cannabis federally legal - or at least states can choose without fear of a federal crackdown - and would create a Community Reinvestment Grant Program. 

The program would use tax dollars for job training, literacy programs, and youth recreation and mentoring services, and numerous other community services and organizations.

“This is about allowing states and localities to self-determine what their marijuana policies should be.” - Justin Strekal, political director at the National Organization for the Reform of Marijuana Laws, to WSJ.

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  1. The MORE Act expunges criminal records for most offenders

Within the bill, there are measures to resentence individuals currently incarcerated for criminal offenses related to cannabis. While ‘resentence’ means that the individual may still be sentenced for a crime, under the MORE Act, a majority of low-level cannabis offenses will be expunged. 

The Marijuana Opportunity Reinvestment and Expungement Act of 2020 clarifies that not all marijuana offenses are eligible for expungement. More specifically, violent marijuana offenders and “kingpins” will be barred from resentencing/ expungement under the MORE Act. 

Under the rules making cannabis federally legal, the number of incarcerated individuals for nonviolent marijuana charges would see a substantial drop. 

  1. The MORE Act does not require that federal positions be tested for THC or other cannabis-derived compounds, except in limited circumstances

The rules go on to say that the Transportation Department and Coast Guard may continue to include marijuana in drug testing programs, but most federal employees (and applicants) would no longer be ineligible for work because they got high on holiday. Hurray!

If you didn’t know, marijuana testing was a federal employee requirement. And since THC can be detected in urine for 2-4 weeks, people seeking federal employment had to worry about their employment, and their activities outside of the office would collide in a negative way. The MORE Act would allow this anxiety to disappear. 

  1. Immigrants would have broader marijuana protections under the MORE Act

The bill, passed Dec. 4, 2020, aims to further protections for immigrant individuals and families. With regard to immigration laws, the MORE Act, in making marijuana federally legal, states the following:

....an alien may not be denied any benefit or protection under the immigration laws based on  any event, including conduct, a finding, an admission, addiction or abuse, an arrest, a juvenile adjudication, or a conviction, relating to cannabis, regardless of whether the event occurred before, on, or after the effective date of this Act.

BONUS: The MORE Act minimizes barriers to entry for small business owners through loan program access

Under the MORE Act, a Cannabis Justice Office would be started. The Office would have appointees under the Justice Department. This individual or office would be responsible for distributing funds provided by the Small Business Administration (SBA) that provide loans for small cannabis businesses owned and controlled by socially and/ or economically disadvantaged individuals. These loans seek to reduce inequality by minimizing any existing bias or discrimination in current borrowing practices. 

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Making Marijuana Federally Legal: What’s Next?

While the MORE Act passed the House of Representatives, the Senate is less favorable. The reasons for this are largely political and civil. However, since criminal penalties are being discussed, it is likely to cause a bit of frothy conversation first. 

The passage of the MORE act in Congress marks a first, but also a half-way point. There is more political and social support for changing the law than ever before, but it is not yet enough. When will weed be federally legal?

Not yet, but we're almost there.

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